HUAWEI Nova 5T Review.
Sergio Montana

HUAWEI Nova 5T Review.

Almost flagship smartphone.

HUAWEI at the end of 2019 introduced a new model called Nova 5T. The nova line is a “junction” between medium and premium price categories; such devices receive a number of unique functions from flagship devices at an attractive price.

The novelty received a proprietary flagship processor Kirin 980 with hardware support for artificial intelligence, a futuristic design and a 32 megapixel selfie camera. In addition, this unit is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a main module consisting of four lenses: a 48 MP camera for shooting with high resolution, 16 MP for ultra-wide-angle frames, 2 MP for macro photography and another 2 MP for creating a background blur effect.

The nova 5T smartphone is equipped with an EMUI 9.1 interface, which provides a high level of performance for everyday interaction with the device. The EROFS file system developed by HUAWEI increases the average read speed by 20%, which saves space for storing system files by reducing the amount of internal memory. The system is able to convert files to read-only format, increasing the security of the device.

In the box

• Phone
• Silicone bumper
• Network adapter
• USB-C adapter - 3.5 mm
• USB cable
• Instruction
• Warranty card


HUAWEI chose the most successful design for its new device - stylish, fashionable, futuristic. One of the main elements of unusual design is the back panel, which received a spectacular volume surface.

The body of the smartphone is streamlined from all sides, the edges are sloping and smoothly transition from one surface to another. The integrity of the design and the overall completeness of the design are felt. This rarely happens in similar devices.

The dimensions of the device are optimal in all respects; the weight is also ideal for this class of smartphones.

In the upper thin die of the front panel there is a light sensor, an event indicator, a speaker under a dark metal grid.

The speaker in the HUAWEI nova 5T is loud, the interlocutor is audibly legible, the tone is shifted to medium and high frequencies. At the top there is a proximity sensor and a second microphone.

Bottom - microphone, USB-C and speaker.

On the right is a mechanical power button, in which a fingerprint scanner is integrated. The button has sharp edges. This does not interfere with the operation of the device. A little higher is the volume rocker. And on the left are the slide for two nano-format SIM cards.

On the reverse side, you can see a small-sized module, which included three cameras and a flash, and next installed an additional lens. You will learn about each of the elements in the “About cameras” section.


Another distinguishing feature of the HUAWEI nova 5T is the screen without cutouts, which occupies almost the entire front area (a technology called FullView). The display bezels are minimal on all sides. In the upper left corner, a small front camera with a size of only 3.5 mm was mounted on the screen. It in no way interferes with the perception of content, and over time you forget about this element altogether.
The screen size is 6.26 inches, the resolution is FullHD +, i.e. 2340x1080 pixels. The matrix is made using IPS technology.

The brightness of white is 400 cd / m2, the brightness of black is 0.5 cd / m2, the contrast is 800: 1, the ripple coefficient is almost zero. In the settings you can choose a color mode: either bright colors, or normal, slightly muffled.


This model is equipped with a built-in 3750 mAh battery. HUAWEI nova 5T operating time: almost 6.5 hours of screen glow at auto brightness and about 30 hours without recharging. More accurately measured numbers: playing video at maximum brightness - 12 hours, games - 7.5 hours.

The battery is charged from the SuperCharge AC adapter (5V / 2A, 4.5V / 5A, 5V / 4.5A): 10 minutes - 15%, 30 minutes - 55%, 60 minutes - 65%, 1 hour 30 minutes - 100%.

Communication opportunities

Since we have a modern smartphone, it has two slots for nano-format SIM cards. Both slots “understand” fourth-generation LTE connectivity.
Separately, it is worth mentioning that the device works with VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and supports frequency aggregation.

Of course, the nova 5T supports Wi-Fi ac and dual band (MIMO), there is Bluetooth version 5.0 with support for many codecs, such as BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD, LDAC HD and HWA Audio. There is an NFC chip.

The smartphone works with GPS and GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo satellite navigation systems. Positioning accuracy is high.

Memory, processor and performance

The HUAWEI nova 5T is equipped with the optimal amount of memory for a modern device: 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The speed of RAM is 21,000 MB / s, a very high value, the internal memory is 450/180 MB, not bad!

The nova 5T processor is inherited from the flagship devices of HUAWEI - it is a HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip of its own “manufacturing”. It is built on a 7-nm process technology and has 3 clusters: ARM 2xCortex-A76 2.6 GHz + 2xCortex-A76 1.92 GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.58 GHz . 6.5 billion transistors work inside the chip! The chipset received a dual-core NPU, which is responsible for artificial intelligence.

Graphics module - Mali-G76. Thanks to optimization technology and reduced power consumption, the Mali-G76 allows users to comfortably play resource-intensive multi-player video games.

It is on the Kirin 980 that such productive smartphones as the HUAWEI P30, P30 Pro, as well as the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and other premium devices of the company work.

For those who love performance tests - Antutu Benchmark with a score of 360,000 points!

In the game Call of Duty, you can select the maximum graphics settings. The game does not slow down, and throttling in COD is not felt.
At the moment, the phone operates on Google Android OS version 9 and the proprietary shell EMUI version 9.1.


There are as many as 4 lenses for all occasions: a long focus, a wide angle, macro photography and even the creation of portraits with blurring the background.

When choosing a resolution in the phone’s settings, there are three options (main working): 12 MP, 48 MP and 48 MP with increased definition (using AI). However, an Ai photograph is created in a few seconds for still objects. It is difficult to see the difference between frames on the smartphone screen, but on the PC it is noticeable: on frames with 48 MP + Ai there are much more details.

The main camera at 48 MP shoots well: decent detail, wide dynamic range, precise focus, and most importantly - fast. Even with insufficiently even lighting, the pictures look very decent. And at night, of course, it is better to shoot in the "Night" mode. In this case, the software creates several photos and combines them into one cool shot.

Wide-angle optics worthy. There is no obvious soap on the sides of the pictures, detailing at the level of flagship devices, the exposure behaves quite adequately.

A separate lens for macro allows you to photograph small objects at a distance of 40 mm. A module for blurring the background does its job perfectly.

The front camera works no worse: here the selfies turn out as cool as possible, and if you apply blur, it’s like a professional photo on a real camera. For posting on Instagram - just perfect.

The HUAWEI nova 5T video shoots in resolutions up to 4K at 30 fps and up to 1080p at 60 fps. 4K resolution is supported by both the main camera and wide-angle. When shooting videos, you can switch between them without problems.

The camera interface is exactly the same as in any other Huawei device.

Musical possibilities

This phone model uses one speaker at the bottom. The quality is good, there is no overload at high volume. The sound is rich, rich, loud and clear.

The HUAWEI nova 5T is equipped with a USB Type-C connector for music output. Therefore, in the kit you will find a small USB-C adapter at 3.5 mm. The sound is loud, low and high frequencies prevail, there are few mediums, but it is easy to add an equalizer.


The model made a good impression on me, primarily due to its attractive design, bright and high-quality IPS-screen and long battery life.
Of course, it is worth highlighting the wide communication capabilities, high performance inherent in top-end smartphones, good main cameras and excellent quality selfie frames.

In general, it turned out to be an extremely successful smartphone with all the things a modern user needs.

HUAWEI Nova 5T 4G Smartphone 6.26 inches Android 9 Kirin 980 8GB RAM 128GB ROM 48MP 16MP 2MP 2MP Rear Camera 3750mAh Battery International Version



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